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August 13th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Newt Gingrich on the media: "I do wonder sometimes if you guys all get off in a little club and learn a brand new mantra and then all repeat it mindlessly"

On the heels of Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, on Monday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Newt Gingrich for his trademark brand of candid perspective and insight.

Welcoming Gingrich for a live interview, Piers Morgan asked how the new GOP ticket might relate to voters:

"I suppose the fundamental debate that's going to be had, though, will come down to whether the Republicans can sell to the American people, that they are really concerned about jobs, about peoples livelihoods," Morgan said.

Joining the program from Nebraska, the former House Speaker offered his reaction:

"You know, I don't want to sound disrespectful, but I do wonder sometimes if you guys all get off in a little club and learn a brand new mantra and then all repeat it mindlessly," he zinged the host. "This is the core thing that Liberals don't get. If you want to have jobs, you have to encourage job creators. If you discourage job creators, if you engage in class warfare, if you do what Barack Obama's been doing, you have what we currently have."

Five months since officially dropping out of the presidential race, the Republican continues to voice his dissatisfaction with the leadership coming out of the nation's capital:

"Nobody in the media seems to want to come to grips with the fact that the Obama economic policy is a disaster for the what point do we hold the president accountable for a policy which is crippling the poor in America?" asked Gingrich. "The Ryan/Romney plan empowers middle class Americans to get a job. When they get a job, their income goes up. They pay more taxes, they are independent. They're able to live their own lives."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the 69-year-old further explains his position on the economy, and the newest player in the upcoming general election.
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  1. stevenchaisson

    Ask Gingrich, why then did Ronald Reagan double the national debt and lower taxes for upper class under Bush didn't raise revenues to the government, what about the disasterous HMO healthcare policy by Ronald Reagan that gave us the high health cost

    August 14, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ppie14

      He also ended the cold war, took us out of the worst recession since the depression under Jimmy Carter, rebuilt the military. Started 20 years of growth and low unemplyment. At this point in his presedency unemployment went from 10.8% in 1981 to 7.5% in 1983. GDP went from -1.5% to 8.2%. Under Obama unemployment hasn't been under 8%. Its higher now than when he took office. The real unemployment rate is probably around 14%, labor participation rate is lower than when he took office. Growth is stagnant. Record numbers of people on public assistance. The presdents answer to this is to push his class warfare rehtoric and make busunesses and corperations less likely to hire and expand.

      August 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jron

        good points but you are wrong. First of all, the 1980 was fuel by the end of the cold war with military speding acting like a stimulus to the economy
        I won't argue that regan was not fiscal responsbile, but it's 2012 and the last Republican in the white house created two wars and added to the deficit with 8 years of more government spending . The Great Recession put millions of people of work. So ofcourse, these people need government asistances and the umployment rates went up. The point is, DOn't act like Bush and the repulbicans had nothing do with what is going on. They infact, have did the complete opposite of Regan. Also, in the 80, inflation was high and Regan did not balance the budget in 8 of his years and 4 from Bush senior. Clinton was the only president to balance the budget in decades..

        August 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gina Chappa

        You are wrong! Pope John Paul II, The USSR'S own depression, and the President of than USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, ended the cold war.

        August 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Akwuole

    I have stopped listening to Newt Gingrich having now realized how cheap he is. This man keeps using polished english to swallow his own words every day. These people think we are docile.We know what the game is all about.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marie

      For the first time I turned Pierce Morgan off tonight I am neither a strong Democrat or Republican, but his comments tonight about people thinking that Senator Ryan was like "the second coming" were rude and uncalled for. We do not need the journalists voicing their opinions so strongly. I am hoping that the candidates will quit the mud slinging and get down to telling us what they plan to do.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Robin

        I switched the channel at "second coming" as well. Good grief, the Republican excitement is nothing compared the worship heaped upon President Obama in 08-09.

        Where are the real journalists?

        August 14, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Lee

        I think Gingrich made the lib Morganlook like a Democratic cabinet member who will go to any length to try and help Obama. It is quite clear that is Morgan's agenda and just like MSNBC going down the toilet for these antics, CNN is right behind or in front of MSNBC going down the toilet. GET RID OF PIERS "DEM" MORGAN, HE SUCKS!!

        August 14, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
      • ppie14

        Now there are only 6 people watching

        August 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Peter, you may know what the game is about. But, unfortunately, there are legions who are very poorly informed-
      who get their input from the media- Pier's program is typical. To me the job of journalism is to help bring truth to
      the voter; the candidates and their advertising agencies certainly will not do this. But 'journalist' of the media is not have
      this as their priority. They are captives of their masters.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Muyiwa

        I figure you do not watch Fox news then

        August 14, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Lee

        Thanks Mike, u took the words right out of my mouth but it was obvious that Gingrich made the lib Morgan look like a total fool and definite unobjective Obama Backer that he obviously is! U were right on!

        August 14, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
      • A S

        Was this a bad night for Piers Morgan or is he always that horribly unprepared for every show? Wow he looked like a fish out of water. Just horrible, no journalism at all, just stupidity. He couldnt even probe or ask questions to bring the show back on track. He just rolled over and played dead. This is just sad, where was the professionalism?

        August 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    Why do you let gingrich BS like that?
    Are you incapable or unwilling to challenge his outrageous spin.
    You give him air time to skillfully propagandize w/o any call to truth.
    The media should do a better job of defending the truth- rather than pandering to the powers as they see them.
    The media is complicit in this terrible slide down.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mike

    CNN tries to be mainstream....but they just can't help it. Piers, Fareed,'s all bad...Rather than ask probing questions...they try to push the donkey line....when it does not go well for them...they cannot control their facial the end they look like fools. At least at BSDNC they don't attempt the pretense...

    August 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • R Connor

      Agree completely! Piers looked bufoonish as he sat there with the most supercilious smirk on his face. I was shocked that this man was getting paid.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cliff Jones

    Piers is a joke. That was the first time I saw this guy on tv and watched his show. I couldnt believe how unprepared and unrealistic he was. He couldnt even respond back to Newt, he had nothing to say. He was mumbling and sweating bullets. Obvivously Piers needs some more experience or at least some preparation before he goes on. Newt teared him up, I would retire now hahahahahaha. Who watches this guy. hahahahaha.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tim

    First time I watched this show and thought that this was excellent tv. FYI never go into the ring with Newt because he will chew you up and spit you out! Finally this Brit was completely put in his place and made to look like the uneducated fool that he is. Go back to GB and talk about your important celeb news there!!!
    I am SICK of these news channels acting like they are Obamas Sr. Political advisors. And not to mention Solodad- barf. When she hears something negative against the left her fangs appear and she starts foaming at the mouth.
    This channel is so pathetic, Blitz, Solodad, Piers at least go get a job on the Obama campaign and stop pretending like you are middle of the road journalists.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. tenzin from minneasota

    piers win the gold for being the worst host on cnn. fareed takes the silver, solodad takes the bronze. at least blitz, cooper, and erin tries to be bipartisan, even though blitz worked under clinton, cooper is gay, and erin is big time democrat.

    you know what happens to the best guy? oh yah, he gets kicked out.(john king) heres a tip, if cnn wants to a partisan show, be right wing. check all the scores and view numbers. fox news owns everyone. or get bipartisan hosts.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. john mcintyre

    How many recoveries have there been in 75 years 2 or 3? Great question "who got us there" 8 years of republican management; brilliant lets have some more. why cant politicians answer a straight question and tell the truth. It is sad, that the American People will vote for the person with the most money and who can spin and lie the most. and we wonder why the country is in a mess! Blame Obama; blame Bush; blame someone that will fix it!! Don't fret England is the same! Bring back Clinton or give Obama a chance!

    August 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. James Stafford

    How come none of the left leaning hosts ever bring up the fact that republicans tried to reign in Freddi & Fannie before the
    Mortgage meltdown and were rebuffed by Barney Frank among others who went on to co-author the Dodd Frank act
    regulating the banks......but not Freddie & Fannie(still scratching my head on that one). Or the community re-investment act started under Carter and championed by Clinton which was basically a shakedown by mostly African American activists ala Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton where they threatened to picket banks with claims of racism if loans were not made to minorities regardless of their ability to make the mortgage payments? Just sayin......

    August 15, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. R Connor

    As usual, Gingrich just seems to cut to the chase. Piers looked bufoonish as he sat there with the most supercilious smirk on his face. I was shocked that this man was getting paid for this nonsense he gives.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. dRandel

    If companies like Bain Capital are shipping job overseas .. how can there be a recovery?

    August 15, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • R Connor

      Gov. Romney hasn't been at Bain for years. Shall I continue to blame you for something your ex-wife does? In addition, Obama has held Jeffrey Emelt in high esteem with much praise as the head of GE. GE ships jobs out continuously. I hate hypocricy. You manage to blame Romney for a slow Obama recovery? When will anyone on the left hold Obama acoountable for his mess up, screw up and dismal failure? He's lost more jobs than he created. American held more jobs when he came into office than now

      August 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Rob Lapointe

        Do you not know that Romney owed ALL of Bain Capitol? The president does not have failed policies. Congressional republicans have managed to halt almost everything good that Obama has tried to do for this country. As for your comment regarding American jobs, you have no idea whatsoever what is going on. Read something, will you?

        August 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • R Connor

        Obama had two full years with a democrat-led congress when he came into office. He still had failed policies. GE is a major supporter of Obama. Jeffrey Immelt has been to Whiute House 11 times. He has shipped thousands and thousands of jobs overseas. Open your mind and look at reality. You can have your own opinions but not your own facts.

        August 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gina Chappa

        @ R Connor. Romney cheated his way into the Gov's Office of Mass. claiming he was a resident when he filed his taxes as a resident of Utah...he went back and Retoactively filed as a Mass resident.
        Second, Romney announced his Presidential Campaign as a successful businessman, but now he wants to distance himself from the business he ran?! A businessman FOR TARP, but against The LOAN that saved the auto industry and millions of jobs nationally.
        Third, It took Bush 8 years to screw up the Country...into the worst economic disaster since the Depression. Even John MCcain said it was going to take 2 terms of the next President, after Bush, to fix the economy. And that's without a ridiculous Congress that has gone down in history as the Worst, do nothing, pass nothing, literally, that this country has ever seen. Thanks to the Repubs winning the house in 2010.

        August 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • R Connor

        Obama spent two years with a democrat-congress and still failed. He hasn't passed a budget in years. He's a miserable failure as a president. What is his excuse for his first two years when he had a congress that echoed anything he said without thinking on their own? Romney is a success. He's run many businesses. He turned things around. Obama has taken 700 billion from Medicare to bolster his Obamacare. He has no ideas on business.

        August 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim

    Back to the dumb people who keep the " outsourcing" on the table. Why don't you try running a business..... Why should I pay $10,000 for a product locally when I can pay $2900 in Hong Kong. I hate to say it, but shame on all Americans for not understanding why there is outsourcing. This govt has put so many regulation, taxes, red tape on business' and is FORCING us to go abroad.
    Americans need put pressure on the govt officials who are making all these regulations and forcing business out of America instead of just complaining about jobs being outsourced.
    One question- if you can buy something at Walmart for $10.00 and exact the same thing at Neiman Marcus for $300- where will you buy it???? As a consumer do you look at the bottom line price or do you buy something expensive because it's "made in America".
    Government is the root of all the outsourcing!
    P.S. try taking a look at Air Force 1's plane manifest- Jeffery Immelt (the great outsourcer) is an avid flier!!!!!!! What does that really say about " The Change Maker"????
    You want to lower employment- lower the corporate tax rate, get rid of all the abusive red tape and regulations and then people will want to do business here and NOT China! Hellooooo

    August 16, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. NOBAMA2012

    A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.

    Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates – which refers to patients who return within a month – by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014.

    Why isn't MSDNC and CNN not reporting this!

    obamacare is throwing the seniors and middle class under the bus!

    obama wants seniors to die!

    August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    There is no recovery. Dont let the numbers fool you... they have been cooked for a long time now. Obama has wrecked the economy and added over 5 trillion to the deficit with nothing to show for it. In the first two years he could have passed any bill he wanted but didnt even think about jobs. His "laser like" focus was on the golf course and lavish vacations while Americans lost their jobs. He is the biggest clown to ever sit in the Presidency... and he is done come November. I just hope there is something left to recover.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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